October 30, 2007
Auction Bibligography of books etc. sold from Robert Hoe Collection, done in 1912 - Two volumes bound together
Initially this appears only to be the first volume of the catalogue of sales going from A-K (by author) but on page 352 of Djvu you see where the second catalogue of items from L-Z was included in this binding. The catalogue was individually marked as to realized price sale in the margin, which does not attract from written words. It was disconcerting to see scanner cut off some of the realized prices, but at the end of the book is printed realized prices with auction number for reference. Over 5000 books, letters and other items were described with only a couple of "woodcut" type illustrations throughout book. The descriptions of some of the items was quite throrough as well as many of them mentioning the provenance through their current owner. Auction catalogues should be considered reference books if they are done well, as this one was done. In illustration - the deceased owned 4-5 copies of Walton's book The compleat Angler. The descriptions of each of the books led one to realize which were first published, reprinted first, second, and so on and how they affected the value of each book. I was especially intriegued with the Amerigo Vespucci documents, including the first edition of the Four Voyages Vespuccinus (catalogue number 3331). All books are sorted by author's last name.